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7:30 PM ET, December 12, 2008


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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Franken Gets Big Win At Canvass Board  —  Al Franken's chances of winning the Minnesota recount may have just gone up astronomically.  —  The state canvassing board just voted unanimously that absentee ballots that were initially rejected because of clerical errors — and the current estimate …
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Absentee vote issue headed for state Supreme Court  —  Minneapolis election director Cindy Reichert addressed members of the state Canvassing Board at the State Capitol on Friday morning.  Members (l to r) are: Kathleen R. Gearin, Chief Judge, Second Judicial District; Eric J. Magnuson …
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   In Boost To Franken, Minnesota Restores Missing Ballots To The Count
Jason Hoppin /
Senate recount update: Franken prevails over Coleman on missing …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Emanuel: I'm Getting Death Threats Over Blagojevich Scandal  —  Obama's Chief of Staff Refuses to Go to Work Because of Media Stakeout  —  The President-elect's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said today he won't go to the Chicago Presidential transition offices in order to avoid reporters seeking …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Contact: Emanuel spoke with Blago “on multiple occasions” about Senate seat  —  The attempt by President-elect Barack Obama to distance himself from the scandal erupting in Illinois took a big hit last night with this exclusive report from Chicago's Fox affiliate.
Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich fundraiser held by Jackson allies Saturday  —  As Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to pick Illinois' next U.S. senator, businessmen with ties to both the governor and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign as a way to encourage …
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
Chapter 11 is the right road for US carmakers  —  The debate about whether or not to bail out the Big Three carmakers has been mischaracterised.  It has been described as a package to help the undeserving dinosaurs of Detroit.  In fact, a plan to bail out the carmakers would benefit shareholders …
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Foundry, MoJoBlog and QandO
Manu Raju / The Crypt's Blogs:
Corker: UAW didn't ‘release’ Dems
Discussion: Commentary
McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded Blackberry to FOX 5 Reporter  —  Exclusive FOX 5 Investigation  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - Private information at bargain prices.  It was a high-tech flub at the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters in Arlington when Fox 5's Investigative Reporter Tisha Thompson bought …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Rendell slams Obama over Blago  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell today criticized Barack Obama for not being more upfront about the Illinois corruption scandal.  —  Now, he said, the story will continue to dominate the media's attention.  —  “They have never been in an executive position before …
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The Pragmatist  —  In case you haven't heard, Barack Obama is a pragmatist.  Everybody agrees on this.  Joe Biden, accepting Obama's nod as VP at his unveiling event in Springfield, Illinois, called him a “clear-eyed pragmatist.”  Describing Obama's rise through Chicago politics …
Discussion: The Opinionator and Eunomia
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Pragmatism and evil  —  Chris Hayes offers up a must-read analysis …
Discussion: Alas, a blog
Ross Douthat:
Pragmatism They Can Believe In?  —  Chris Hayes critiques …
Discussion: The American Scene
The Huffington Post:
Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: The Republicans Want A Depression  —  From the WSJ: … This is without a doubt one of the most insane gambits possible.  In case the Republicans have forgotten the general economic backdrop, let's rehash the facts.  According to the BLS:
Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Sorry, We're Booked, White House Tells Obamas  —  Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama met Barack Obama's campaign plane in Colorado on Nov. 1.  (Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times)  —  Updated |  3:12 p.m. CHICAGO—The White House has turned down a request from the family …
Discussion: Gawker
Chicago Breaking News:
Madigan to court: Remove Blagojevich  —  Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan speaks at a news conference at the Thompson Center today.  (Tribune / Zbigniew Bzdak)  —  Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan called on the Illinois Supreme Court today to temporarily remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office …
Kos / Daily Kos:
PA-Sen: Specter shows weakness in primary and general  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 12/8-10.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% for general election matchups, 5% for primary matchups (No trend lines) … Toomey is itching to go after Specter again after falling just short in 2004 …
Todd S. Purdum / New York Times:
Robin Toner, Times Reporter, Is Dead  —  Robin Toner, who was the first woman to be the national political correspondent of The New York Times and who had a significant hand in the coverage of five presidential elections, innumerable Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns …
Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
Evangelical Leader Quits Over Gay Union Remark  —  A prominent evangelical lobbyist resigned yesterday over his remarks in a National Public Radio interview, in which he said he supports permitting same-sex civil unions.  —  The Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs …
Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich chief of staff Harris resigns  —  John Harris resigned this morning as Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, his lawyer said.  —  Harris dropped off his letter of resignation today in person and will not be going back to the office, according to his lawyer, Terry Ekl.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
GOP warned to embrace technology or face ‘suicide’  —  (CNN) — When Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis decided to throw his hat in the ring to head the Republican Party, he announced his intentions on an unlikely forum: Twitter.  —  Not too long ago, the social networking Web site …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THOUGHTS ON THE BAILOUT FLAMEOUT  —  A few thoughts on this morning's news.  —  Not surprisingly, with this morning's news, we're getting more than a few emails arguing that the Democrats, in their new position of strength, should weaken or entirely do away with the filibuster — i.e. …
Ann Scott Tyson / MSNBC:
Ten Silver Stars for Afghan battle  —  10 Special Forces soldiers honored for seven-hour firefight with insurgents  —  WASHINGTON - After jumping out of helicopters at daybreak onto jagged, ice-covered rocks and into water at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the 12-man Special Forces team scrambled …
J. Justin Wilson /
22 Pounds of UAW Rules and Regulations  —  Ever wondered what a UAW contract looks like?  Here is all 22 pounds of it (in this case, Ford's 2,215 page 2007 master contract; Coke can is for scale and because I was thirsty).  —  I'll tell you this much, those 2,215 pages don't include much regarding efficiency and competitiveness.
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Katie Merx / Detroit Free Press:
GM to cut production by 250,000 autos in early '09
Discussion: Firedoglake and Emptywheel
The Daily Beast:
In Defense of Chicago Politics
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Detroit Dailies to Curtail Home Delivery
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Bettie Page, Queen of Pinups, Dies at 85
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Calculated Risk:
Retail Sales Off Sharply in November
Dave McKenna / Washington City Paper:
Obama Brings Good Cheer to Sidwell Friends
Discussion: The New Republic and Gawker
Carly Fiorina / Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Leadership and the Crisis
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Politicker cuts back nationwide
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Mich. Gov.: Vote Against Auto Bailout “Un-American”
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Power Line
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Real Obama  —  Barack Obama has garnered praise from center …